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Wrath of God going from squelch to zilch?

The rains have come and hopefully gone.

Canute, (985-1035) was a king of Denmark,England, Norway, and parts of Sweden.I have to ask, what is next on our weather agenda? Will the newspapers be screaming ‘drought’ in July and August? Will we have the usual hosepipe ban? It seems we have a very short weather memory and an ever-growing population’s thirst for water is insatiable. How long will the overflowing water table last before we are being urged to share a bath or not to over fill a kettle for tea?

There are several politicians who refuse to accept that climate change is a reality and that it is here to stay. There is something of a King Canute feeling about our ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson who stoutly resists what many people (and most scientists) consider to be largely proven - that our extreme weather conditions are a result of the pollution that we are putting in the seas and the atmosphere.

My favourite explanation for our misfortunes is that offered by the UKIP councillor, David Silvester, who claims that David Cameron is to blame for allowing same sex marriages to go ahead. In a letter to his local paper he said he had warned David Cameron the legislation would result in ‘disaster.’ We all have a habit of blaming politicians for most of life’s troubles but that is taking it a bit far. In the letter to the Henley Standard he wrote: ‘The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war.’ So does that mean that a country that is non-Christian is OK with same sex marriages and will avoid pestilence, disease and war?

I think our next action would be to build a huge ark, possibly like a cruise liner, and sail it up the Thames to rescue as many stray animals and people as we could get on board, including the odd fertile couple. It would certainly absolve us of any responsibility for the results of our own polluting activities.

Image: Canute, (985-1035) was a king of Denmark,England, Norway, and parts of Sweden. His followers believed that he was so powerful he could hold back the sea if he wished. He proved to them that he was not all powerful because the sea engulfed him.

Tony Kane is founder of Time & Leisure Media Group